School Visitations 1-26

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Bylaw 1-26


School Visitations

  1. Purposes of School Visits

    School Board Members shall attempt to visit various schools throughout the year for a variety of purposes. These purposes include, but are not limited to:

    • Obtaining background information for future policies;
    • Visiting adopted schools; or
    • Attending and/or presenting at regular/special programs;
  2. Authority of School Board Member
    1. School Board Members shall not advise, direct or take disciplinary action against school personnel or students while visiting or following a visit to a school because no single School Board Member has the authority to take such action.
    2. As a professional courtesy, the School Board Member will contact the principal prior to scheduling a potential visit. By doing so, the principal can accommodate the visit and avoid potential conflicts that would impede the School Board Member’s ability to visit specific classrooms and programs.
    3. School Board Members are guests in any school they visit. They shall stop first at the security desk and the main office to advise the principal/designee of their presence and determine if there are any special considerations that should be observed while visiting.
    4. When visiting a school in the role of parent/legal guardian or family member, it is expected that a School Board Member will adhere to all protocols established in School Board Policy 7-17 and the Decorum Guidelines posted at each school or academy within the School Division.

School Board Policy 7-17.

Adopted by School Board: July 21, 1992
Amended by School Board: February 20, 2001
Amended by School Board: December 2, 2008
Amended by School Board: August 18, 2015
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2016
Amended by School Board: June 23, 2020